Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Trailblazer emerged from an "upscale trim line" of the Blazer, but there's nothing upscale about its transmission problems or its wonky, unpredictable headlights.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 282003

(reported on)

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles


Upon starting vehicle, the electrical system malfunctioned, causing the headlights, radio, and the dashboard lights to short out. This happened several times. The consumer had taken the vehicle to the dealer and they changed the sensors, however it did not solve the problem. There was noise in the steering wheel. The consumer was told that the problem was a characteristic. The hatch lock did not work, and the rear windshield wiper did not work. The oxygen sensor was changed twice along with the seat belt switch, the key lock on the driver door, battery, and the wiring harness. Also the cup holder broke.

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 172002


  • miles
There is a noise that comes from steering when the consumer is making a turn, contacted dealer, and the dealer replaced steering column and gears in steering.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 022002


  • miles
Had noticed that the steering wheel felt as if there was too much "play" like it was "wobbly" especially if driving over a raised bump in the roadways: The steering wheel would "give" too much. This had also been noticed by another person who recently drove vehicle for a short distance. I had planned on getting the vehicle's undercarriage inspected on June 8th to confirm whether there was cause for alarm. Unfortunately, the accident occurred on June 2nd. This accident was unforeseen.... it did not involve another vehicle, the speed was not a high rate of speed, yet when it appeared that the steering was unable to be controlled, I was driving East in the right lane of a two lane roadway, (the opposite two lane traffic is divided by an esplanade). The vehicle veered into left corresponding lane, striking the edge of the esplanade curb with the front left drivers tire. The car proceeded to not only start a left rollover, up onto the esplanade, but apparently flipped over from front to back, and landed back upright all the way over the esplanade, on the opposite two lane roadway; and facing West --- the opposite direction that I was traveling in! this vehicle is in the process of being totalled...and I am concerned that either way, if there is a need for an investigation, or if there are additional incidences like this that consumers need to be aware of, then I need to know. Not to mention that unless there's evidence otherwise, I would probably purchase another Trailblazer; the comfort and ride was something that I did enjoy.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

May 132002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in low speed and making a right turn, steering wheel locked up, in the same day while making a left turn, steering wheel locked up. Dealer has been contacted.

- Maynard, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 152002

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While changing lanes, steering has locked up and caused vehicle to run into a concrete wall, manufacturer was notified. After the power steering locked up, the vehicle hit the concrete wall and rolled backwards crashing with another vehicle. The consumer stated that the vehicle had a manufacturers defect. Three weeks prior to the incident the vehicle was in for a recall also associated with the steering column.

- Orion, MI, USA

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